I’m sponsoring my spouse or partner. What information should I include?

To sponsor your , , or to become a you must show Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that:

  • you did not enter your relationship mainly for immigration reasons, and
  • it is a genuine relationship.

And you must show that you meet IRCC's requirements for:

  • a valid marriage,
  • a common-law partnership, or
  • a conjugal partnership, if your spouse or partner is outside Canada.

If you did not tell IRCC about your spouse or partner

You may not be able to sponsor your spouse or partner if:

  • you were married or in a common-law or conjugal relationship when you became a permanent resident, and
  • you did not tell IRCC at the time.

If this applies to you, the law says that you cannot sponsor your partner. IRCC is trying out a policy that says they may not enforce this if you:

When the policy will not apply

If telling IRCC about your spouse or partner would have made you , the policy will not apply to you. This means you will not have the right to sponsor them. For example, this could happen if your spouse or partner would have been inadmissible because of a criminal record.

If the policy does not apply to you, you need to get legal advice about:

  • the risk that you could lose your own status in Canada
  • options for your spouse or partner to come to Canada
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